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The 97th Marshall-Putnam Fair: July 11-15, 2018

The 97th Annual Marshall-Putnam Fair is truly a "Surf'n-A-Fair," with a lot to see and do!  Tractor pulls, rodeo, livestock judging, kids activities, talented performances and more ... make sure that you take in the great entertainment!  

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  • Wednesday, July 11:  Surfs Up Kick-Off
    • Judging of non-livestock (all day)
    • Kroger Kookie Stacking Contest (4:00pm)
    • Kick-off Dinner (5:00 - 7:30pm)
    • Harness Racing (5:00pm)
    • Tim Pletkovich - Book Talk & Jeopardy (5:00pm)
    • Country Elegance Wine Tasting w/ Music by Cody Caulkins (5:30pm)
    • AG Fun Things to Make & Take (6:00 - 7:00pm)
  • Thursday, July 12:  Beach Party Thursday
    • Senior Citizens' Program (9:00am)
    • Tim Pletkovich - Jeopardy (11:30am)
    • Crafts & Face Painting (4:00pm - 7:00pm)
    • 4H Stem Clubs (4:00pm - 7:00pm)
    • Balloon Artist (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
    • Inflatables and Train Rides (4:00pm - 8:30pm)
    • Upper Limits Cilmbing Wall (1:00pm - 8:30pm)
    • Carnival Games (4:00pm - 7:30pm)
    • Master Gardeners' Activity (4:00pm - 8:30pm)
    • AG Fun Things to Make & Take (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
    • M-P Antique & Stock Tractor Pull (6:00pm)
  • Friday, July 13:  Wipe Out Friday
    • Antique Tractor Show (all day)
    • Surfboard Follies (1:00pm)
    • Crazy Cookie Decorating (1:30pm)
    • Beach Search Contest (2:00pm)
    • Conservation Education Trailer & Officer (4:00pm - 7:00pm)
    • AG Fun Things to Make & Take (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
    • Power Wheels Derby (6:30pm)
    • Demo Derby (7:00pm)
    • DJ Brain (9:00pm - 1:00am)
  • Saturday, July 14:  Ride the Wave Saturday
    • Antique Tractor Show (All Day)
    • Food Art Contest (9:00am)
    • Down in the Barn Activities for Kids (10:00am)
    • Kiddie Tractor Pull (11:00am)
    • Character Meet & Greet (1:00 - 2:30pm)
    • IL State Fair Karaoke Contest (3:00pm)
    • Potato Decorating Contest (3:00pm)
    • Frozen T-Shirt Contest (4:30pm)
    • AG Fun Things to Make & Take (6:00 - 7:00pm)
    • M-P-S Show Choir (5:00pm)
    • Lucas Oil "America's Pull" - PPL Super National Tractor & Truck Pull Grandstand (5:00pm)
    • Joe Stamm Band (9:00pm - 1:00am)
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018:  Hang Ten Sunday
    • Antique Tractor Show (All Day)
    • Fair Breakfast (8:00am - 10:00am)
    • Ecumenical Church Services (8:00am)
    • Top 50 Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show (8:00am - 1:00pm)
    • Tractor Drive (9:00am - 1:00pm)
    • Dance Central Performance Team (2:00pm)
    • MP Little Rascals Country Dance Party (3:00pm)
    • Cowboy/Cowgirl Meet & Greet (3:30pm)
    • Chain Saw Carvings Auction (4:30pm)
    • MP Bocce Tournament (12:30pm)
    • AG Fun Things to Make & Take (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
    • Big Hat Rodeo (6:00pm)

Marshall-Putnam Fair Stock & Antique Tractor Pull

Thursday, July 12 at 6:00pm - Free Admission

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Big Hat Rodeo

Sunday, July 15 at 6:00pm (in front of the Grandstands)

Featuring Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping, Cowgirls Breakaway Roping, Bull Riding, Specialty Acts and a great finale!

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  • Wednesday, July 11
    • Kroger Kookie Stacking
      • 4:00 pm in the Commercial Building
      • Free event.
      • Prizes given in 3 age groups, children to adults
  • Friday, July 13
    • Surfboard Follies
      • 1:00 pm in the Tri-Court Area & Hunt Building.
      • Free games for children 12 & under
    • Crazy Cooking Decorating Contest
      • 1:30 pm in the Hunt Building.
      • For kids 12 & under, Prizes given
      • Free
    • Beach Search Contest
      • 2:00 pm in the Hunt Building
      • For kids 12 & under, Prizes given
      • Free 
  • Saturday, July 14
    • Food Arts Contest 
      • 9:00am in the Hunt Building
      • Open to all ages
      • Entry fee $2.00 each category
      • Bring item already prepared for display.
      • Register/set up 9:00am, judging begins at 10:00am.
      • Winners announce after judging
      • 4 feet of table space will be provided to display entry
      • Items will not be judged on taste. Judging will be on: originality, appearance, and motif.
      • Prizes: 1st-$50.00, 2nd-$30.00, 3rd-$20.00
      • Three categories:
        • 1. Bountiful Fruits: any decorated fruit or fruit baskets
        • 2. Vibrant Vegetables: any decorated vegetables
        • 3. Cutie Cupcakes: decorated cupcakes, need at least a dozen
    • Down in the Barn (Activities for Kids)
      • All activities in the Hunt Building at 10:00am
        • 1. Cutest Little Farmer Contest Girls and boys group ages: 2-4 years old, 5-7 years old, 8-11 years old Judging will be on neatness, creativity, and overall effect. Contestants may bring one object that will accent their costume. There will be no live animals allowed.
        • 2. Ponytail Contest Age groups include: 2 years and under 3-5 years old 6-8 years old 9-11 years old * A ponytail is one, either braided or not, Pigtails will not be judged *If the hair is braided, it must be braided as far as possible *No french braid or corn row. Ponytails must be secured by a rubber band and my be located anywhere *Length of hair will be the chief factor in judging and will be measured from the base (rubber band) of the ponytail to the end of the longest hair *In case of a tie for first place hair will be judged on neatness and beauty
        • 3. Cutest Little Surfer Dog Dog must be on a leash and dressed in surf theme apparel. Prizes will be given to the best dressed dog. **Must clean up after dog
      • Kiddie Tractor Pull 
        • 11:00 am (registration at 10:45 am) 
      • Raw Potato Decorating Contest 
        • 3:00pm in the Hunt Building.
        • No entry fee. Fun for the whole family.
        • Fifteen minutes to decorate a raw potato with edible materials provided or may bring own supplies.
        • Age groups include: 7 years and under 8-13 years old 14 and older Prizes given in each age group: 1st, 2nd and 3rd
      • Illinois State Fair Karaoke Contest 
        • 3:00pm at the Activity Building
      • Frozen T-Shirt Contest
        • 4:30 P.M. at the Free Stage
  • Sunday, July 15
      • 12:30pm at the Activity Building

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Demolition Derby

Friday, July 13th at 7:00pm.  Adults: $15.00, Children: $5, Reserved Box seats:  $20.

Clip of the "2016 Booze Bros. hit of the Year"

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Imagination Acres

Enjoy this agricultural town under the big tent! Visit the Pizzeria, vet clinic & puppet stage. Play in the corn wagon, on straw bale horses or crawl through "Cabbage" the caterpillar. See two river barges and tow boat complete with a grain elevator to load grain! Visit the "Worm Condominium" & Barnyard Face Cutouts! New this year-crop duster plane and a horse to measure yourself!

Wednesday:  4pm - 8pm
Thursday:  12pm - 8pm
Friday:  12pm - 8pm
Saturday:  11am - 7pm
Sunday:  12pm - 1:30pm

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Inflatables & Children's Train

Thursday:  4:00pm - 8:30pm - FREE
Friday:  4:30pm - 8:30pm - $5 per person
Saturday:  3:00pm - 9:00pm - $5 per person
Sunday:  3:00pm - 8:00pm - $5 per person

Get Friday, Saturday AND Sunday for $10.00 per person!  

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Get More Info

To get more information, please visit http://marshallputnamfair.org/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/marshallputnamfair/.